Cindy Klassen taking year off from speedskating

Cindy Klassen wants to be 100% sure before she makes a decision on retirement from speedskating....

Cindy Klassen wants to be 100% sure before she makes a decision on retirement from speedskating. (Chris Procaylo/QMI Agency)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:15 AM ET

WINNIPEG - She’s not quite ready to call it quits on a Hall of Fame speedskating career.

But six-time Olympic medalist Cindy Klassen of Winnipeg is dipping one blade into the real world, taking a year off to decide what’s next.

“I just figured I want to be 100% sure before I actually decide if I want to retire,” Klassen said from Calgary, Tuesday.

Klassen will focus on finishing her psychology degree at the University of Calgary before re-evaluating her future.

The 33-year-old says the time off will allow a few injuries to heal, but acknowledges it wouldn’t be easy to come back after that long a layoff from training.

“It would probably be pretty hard,” she said. “But I’ve got so many years behind me, there’s a base there. And I like challenges.”

Klassen took part in three Olympic Games, winning her first medal, a bronze, at Salt Lake City, in 2002.


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